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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:00a on 02/28/20 - Temperature: 22.4 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.432 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 41 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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July 25, 2019

Hi Folks,

I've been crazy busy with music and computer work stuff, plus I've been having some hand issues so unfortunately I didn't climb or mountain bike this week. [AARRGGHH] I do think that the hand issue, which is pretty bad "trigger finger" on the middle 3 fingers of my left hand, is due to a combination of the downhill pounding and incessant squeezing of the brake-lever from riding 4-5 times a week.

Fortunately it's feeling better with less MTB riding and climbing, so I'll try to work in some more climbing next week. Gonna leave off the MTB for another couple of weeks tho! In the meantime I'll just post a mega-cool link to one of the most amazing ice climbing adventure stories that I've come across lately. This is one that ought to get you thinking about ice season 2020...

Chris Martin, our friendly local Audubon biologist, says that all of the bans and restrictions are lifted for this season.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 27, 2020
I knew it was going to be bad Thursday, so when there was a lift in the fog on Wednesday morning I scooted up to the Notch to check things out. It was 36 degrees in the Notch at 9:30 and it was pretty clear that the ice had taken a pretty good hit. In spite of that there was a party on Standard Route. It rained heavily Wednesday night and Thursday morning and I haven't seen the ice today, however I gotta think it's a mess right now. If it's cold like predicted tonight and the next several nights, things should firm up. It's hard to believe that the ice season is done, but it's not going to be great for a while. And you need to be aware that the amount of water that's come down has gotten behind stuff so be careful.
Huntington Ravine snow snow  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route still climbable Click to see route picture.
Dracula still climbable Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

I rode Mt Clinton Road and Jefferson Notch again on Tuesday. This time on my road bike. Amazingly, for mid-late July, temps were pretty cool and comfortable. Both the Edmonds and Jefferson trailheads were totally full! Must have been the weather. Interestingly enough there was a DOT crew working on Mt Clinton just past where the road is closed beyond the Edmonds trailhead. Pretty cool... They say that at some point the road will be repaired. I hope soon.

While it depends on where you are and time of day, I think that the bugs are marginally better with the cooler weather. I'll see about reducing the rating to a 3 depending on how things are after it warms back up later this weekend. Any way you cut it, the ticks are still pretty bad!

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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